Brand new Kuang Ming bulker refloated after grounding in Columbia River

Brand new Kuang Ming bulker refloated after grounding in Columbia River

A brand new bulk carrier owned by Taiwan’s Kuang Ming Shipping was successfully refloated after running aground in the Columbia River close to Crims Island, near Mayger, Oregon.

After ultramax KM London ran aground, two forward compartments began to take on water but crew members were able to bring the flooding under control.

A USCG response boat and MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter were sent out to look for signs of spillage but none was found. Nor were any injuries reported.

After being righted KM London, which was carrying a cargo of wheat, was assisted by three tugboats to a mooring at Longview, Washington.

The vessel was only delivered into Kuang Ming’s fleet on November 16.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.

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